Firstly changes to the committee.
· Sue Brown is stepping back after many a year at the helm and Pamela Smith also recently resigned. They have our sincere thanks for all their contributions and work for the group. I especially have appreciated Sue’s support in these early months.
· Ursula has offered to join the committee so we are now just 4;
· more would be very welcome, please consider if this is something you could do, and chat to one of us about it.
Regarding the summer outing to Lullingstone Quilt & Craft Festival on 16 July; we need to commit to a coach booking this week.
· If you want to go, and maybe bring a friend too, please let me have your confirmation tonight so I get the right size coach for all of us, and your money to me by Wednesday. The Groups BACS details are in Benta’s recent email.
· The cost is heavily subsidised from previous exhibition funds and is £20 per person.
· No refunds after coach is booked. Coach will leave from Kew as before.
· If anyone is a Guild member and can book discounted tickets for us that will be a considerable saving and not dig so deep into our reserves.
We’ve had to make a few changes to the Programme. The Magic techniques workshop is moved to July, and Plum has offered to show making embellished tissue holders in June.
The June meeting will also be a Special General meeting when, as agreed at December’s AGM, we consider the future of the group –subscriptions, activities, location and so on. There will be a full email with the Committee’s proposals for this, please do let us have your feedback and thoughts and hopefully we can set ourselves up for a sustainable and enjoyable future.
Updated: Apr 19
MARCH MEETING. We heard from member Vicky McGarth who is the Learning Officer of Richmond Museum. Vicky overcame our inability to connect the projector with great professionalism and delivered a splendid talk on textiles from the Museum’s collection, including a sampler, a fabulous embroidered waistcoat, and a WW2 patchwork dress, which she linked to their historical significance and why and how items are curated. As well as our regular show and tell, members also shared items on the theme of embroidery – please see photos.
APRIL MEETING. We were led in a "Postcards" mini-workshop by member Sue Hackett who gave us a magnificent variety of fabrics and embellishments to work with. Sue and other members brought along examples for inspiration. Please bring your finished postcards to the May meeting for an anonymous “Sewing star” vote.
MAY MEETING We had hoped to have an outside speaker but unfortunately, it has not been possible to find someone who is available. However, we are blessed with talented and generous members and Val has very kindly offered to run a workshop for us on foundation and flip and stitch piecing. Val is bringing along the block stamps but you could draw your own pattern if preferred. Please bring your sewing kit, fine calico if you have it for backing (or a thick large hanky!) and some fabric scraps – big enough to allow for ¼“seams. Sorting through the Group’s old papers, several albums and photos of members quilts and previous exhibitions were found. These will be at the May meeting for viewing. Please do take away any of your own quilt, or for inspiration. Those left at the end of the meeting will be disposed of.
JULY MEETING- tbc Unfortunately Brigitta is not available in July for the jacket workshop.
Benta distributed fabric for the Group mystery block. – details are at the Block Fun tab on the website. Please bring finished blocks to the May meeting for the next step!
Just for fun, a “sewing star” is being introduced for when we are all working on the same item- so not for usual show and tell when there is a range of items.
The entries (and votes) will be anonymous with a token prize for "people's favourite". This is not for technique or skill but just what takes your fancy - ideas, colours....
Please bring your postcards in May, and your A3 challenge in June and we’ll see how it goes. Thanks to Benta for the brilliant badges
Benta also made these lovely badges so it’s easy to identify who the Committee members are (Benta, Brigitta Jane M, and Sue B). Plum and Vicky who are managing the website have their own (red) badges. There are vacancies on the committee so please consider if you would like to join in and have a badge of your own!
EXTRA PROGRAMME ITEMS – save the dates, further details on the events, cost, and travel options to follow.
There will be a one day workshop with Paula Doyle on Saturday 19th November following her talk at the monthly meeting on 14th November. This will be in the village hall at Horton
A group visit is planned to Region 2’s Quilt & Craft festival at Lullingstone on Saturday 16th July.
Days out . There are many other places to go, exhibitions to see, and this is often more enjoyable in company. Is there anything you’d like to do? suggestions could include Farnham Maltings, Sunbury, Hampton, Parham….. If so, please suggest a date for the thing you fancy and let Benta and Plum know to spread the word of where and what and when, and then those of us interested can meet there for lunch/ afternoon using own / shared / public transport. Maybe we could end up with a monthly or quarterly trip out.
HELP please. Jane has spoken to Region2 and other Surrey groups and it seems we are not alone in needing a new home for Exhibition stands. Consideration is being given to merging these into a common resource to minimise the storage costs, but still a cheap enough location needs to be identified. If you know of somewhere- perhaps a garage or someone with a piece of land they’d be content for a shed to be out on, please let Jane M know.
Website. All information will now be shared through the website. Contributions such as photos, tips, events, resources to share etc are very welcome. As well as adding the Blog function Plum is considering further ways to refresh the site to attract new members and be a resource for us all. Please would you let Plum have contributions by the weekend following each meeting and also any suggestions, ideas for the site’s development.
Jane G thanked members for the donated fabrics for refugees. These had been made into garments and were much appreciated.
Members’ recommendations and tips
Hilary mentioned the Quilt shop, Dorking , https://quiltroom.co.uk/about/ who offered sample sets of small pieces of fabric ranges.
Fiona mentioned Tribe yarns at Richmond Hill https://www.tribeyarns.com/ for quality wools.
Library and shared resources: Valerie has a set of block stamps available to members.
Hello reader, I can't believe it's three weeks into March now and Spring is definitely on the way. The flowers look amazing in the gardens and at the roadsides. Such inspiration for new projects too! What have you planned for this year? Do let me know and I'll share it with our readers. Plans for Lullingstone Quilt & Craft Festival are well under way now and advance tickets are on sale on the Region 2 pages of the website. If you want to avoid queuing to get in, head over to the website and get your tickets there. There is a hefty discount for Quilters' Guild members. While you are at it, why not download the entry form for your quilt, quilt creation or challenge entry? We have a huge marquee booked for all the quilts and guest exhibits and we need your quilts to fill it! Free tickets for those who enter quilts and for anyone who can spend half a day helping at the show. Our traders are looking forward to seeing you in the two trading marquees as well. We have lots of quilting stalls along with the artisans and other craft demonstrators. I'm just finishing putting the workshop programme together now too so you'll be able to learn a new skill or find an idea for your group's Christmas Bazaar with our 'Make N Take' classes. Come and meet our new YQ rep too. Alison is going to put on a small event for young quilters of all ages. Ferret is going to open the show on the 15th July and then demonstrate with her longarm machine in the downstairs hall in the house. You will see some of her spectacular quilts as well there. I am really looking forward to seeing you there in July. Jan Allston